A Duel Disk (デュエルディスク Dyueru Disuku) is a piece of Dueling equipment attached to the left forearm within the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise. They were first manufactured by KaibaCorp as a portable form of Dueling Arena used in the early part of the Yu-Gi-Oh! second series anime. They use a portable hologram generator to display Duel Monsters cards and in the case of the Mark 1, the player's hand. Cards that are played are placed on the Duel Disk's blade. Since their introduction in the anime and manga, they have become a fundamental necessity among Duelists.
The Duel Disk is based on an ancient Egyptian artifact called a "DiaDhank", a golden device worn similarly to the Duel Disk that uses the user's Ba (Life Force) to summon Ka (spirit monsters) from their stone tablets and control them. Unlike the Duel Disk, the DiaDhank can only control up to 3 monsters at once. In place of the Life Point counter is the Eye of Wdjat, which contains a glowing yellow meter that measures the user's Ba, as the disk measures life points.
Since summoning monsters drains life force, the losing Duelist faints or dies. It is heavily implied only Millennium Item bearers can use a DiaDhank without being limited by life energy. Notice that DiaDhanks were seen in the final season of Yu-Gi-Oh!, and, in Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, Abidos the Third (the fifth Shadow Rider) used a DiaDhank in flashbacks Dueling his servants in episode 40. In the vision that Yami Yugi saw in his Duel with Dartz he did not use his DiaDhank to summon Obelisk the Tormentor. Rather, he used his Millennium Puzzle to summon Obelisk. Also, in the vision that Kaiba and Yami Yugi saw in episode 132, both Priest Seto and Pharaoh Atem used their Millennium Items.
The design of the second Duel Disk suggests that Seto Kaiba designed it based on memories from his past life as Priest Seto, who used the Millennium Rod. Shimon Muran describes a DiaDhank as a device use for calling for Duel Monster Spirits that are sealed away in Stone Tablets. DiaDhanks did not appear in the manga. Rather, the priests used the power of their Millennium Items to summon the creatures from the stone tablets.
The Academy Duel Disk also seems to take elements from the DiaDhank, as its shape when in standby mode looks like the blades on the DiaDhank. Yubel's second Duel Disk resembles the ancient device as well.
The Duel Disk was introduced in the first series anime just in its movie. It consisted of only a round disc attached to the wrist where the Deck was placed. The hands of the players were shown as huge holograms in front of them, and their Life Points as green squares behind them.
Duel Disk (version 1)
Seto hypothesized that Pegasus needed face to face contact for his mind reading to work so as a feature of the disks, holographic projections of the cards obstruct the Duelists from seeing each other.
This Duel Disk was physically and functionally different than the ones that would follow. Where the others are a single piece construct which houses the Deck, Graveyard, Life Point counter and Field, the first Duel Disk system had 2 components joined by a retractable cable.
The wrist component stores the Deck, Life Point counter and the actual disk component holds 5 cards. Users would load the cards as explained later into the disk and throw it like a yo-yo, causing a hologram to be projected from it.
- Both players draw until they have 5 cards in their "hand". If they have 5 cards in their hand, they can't draw any more cards.
- 1 monster card is placed on the "Main card stage", the center place on the disk.
- The other 4 cards are placed face-down into the other places, the "Sub card stage".
- The players can only attack with the monster in the main card stage, provided it is in Attack Position first. It can attack the opponent's main card stage monster or one of the sub stage cards.
- Any monsters in the sub card stage are considered to be in Attack Position and damage calculation is done accordingly. Spell and Trap Cards are destroyed with no calculation done.
- The players may shuffle their sub card stages at their discretion.
An early variation of this system is used in Toei's Yu-Gi-Oh! movie.
Duel Disk (version 2)
Prior to the Battle City Tournament, KaibaCorp developed the second generation Duel Disk, the first one to be released to the public. Issued to participants of Battle City, this Disk played the game according to the new revisions (which make it closer to the real world version). After Battle City was over, the Duel Disk was made available to purchase by anyone, as two boys can be seen using them in an episode after the tournament ended.
Unlike the previous Duel Disk, it did not need to be thrown (In the Yu-Gi-Oh! anime, sealers flew out of the Duel Disk to the sides of the Dueling area. These disappeared in Yu-Gi-Oh! GX). When in use, it resembled an arm blade. Monsters that are in play are placed on the 5 slots on the blade.
Directly underneath each Monster slot is another slot for Spell and Trap Cards. If a Duelist were to activate a Set card, they would activate a button on the round portion of the disk. Another slot can open on the front end of the disk that is used for the Field Spell Card. These zones do not appear in the manga until the GX series, and the Spell and Trap cards are instead played in the "Monster Card Zones" which act as zones for all cards. Whether or not there is a limit of five cards on the field at a time is unknown.
The center of the Disk includes the Deck and Graveyard slot and Life Point counter. The bottom part of the disk (the part that goes around an user's arm) also contains a retractable cable that could be attached to Dueling Arenas if one player opted not to use a Duel Disk. Ever since their introduction, almost all Duels were conducted with these or with the later introduced Chaos Duel Disk.
Also in the anime, 2 holographic devices fly from the disk and set themselves on each side of the Duel space to create the holograms for the monsters. While in the manga the holograms are projected straight from the Duel Disk itself.
In Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's, this version of the Duel Disk is shown being used by citizens of Satellite, indicating that this model has become obsolete, replaced with the more modern versions shown in GX as well as the Duel Runner and other Duel Disk versions that are shown.
Also, the protagonist of 5D's, Yusei Fudo, is shown to remove a Duel Disk from his Duel Runner which has a startling resemblance to this version, possibly indicating that he has modified the obsolete model for use with his Duel Runner.
Despite other models of Duel Disks being used primarily in each series, this version of the Duel Disk has appeared in 3 out of 5 anime series, as shown with all the students who tried out for Duel Academy prior to receiving the Academy-issued Duel Disk and the residents of Satellite.
Real-Life Duel Disk
Manufactured replicas of this Duel Disk were produced as toys. These were produced in Japan by Konami and in America by the toy company Mattel. There are a couple of notable differences between the Mattel Duel Disk and its fictional counterpart. The Spell and Trap Cards are loaded into the bottom of the blade but most notably, it cannot project holographic images.
While the toy Duel Disk was advertised as being compatible with the TCG, there are a few flaws that make this impractical:
- Most players used card protectors to prevent damage to their cards. Cards in protectors will not fit into the Duel Disk.
- The Deck Zone can only hold about 50 to 69 cards safely. The Academy Duel Disk can hold 70 cards in total. While most players stick to the minimum, there are those who use bigger Decks and cannot use the Duel Disk. The new rules made a maximum of 60 cards making the limited holding capacity problem moot. Cards with protectors do not fit in the Duel Disk, and due to that and other things, the Duel Disk damages cards.
- The Graveyard can only hold about 25 cards. This would present a problem when playing against someone who relies on running an opponents Deck out. It also has "walls" with a little slot, which means removal often means bending the cards.
- No place for the Extra Deck or cards that have been banished.
- This is also true in the anime, as any banished cards are usually placed into the Duelist's pockets.
- The Life Points counter can only go up to 9990 life points. While both players start with 8000, 4000 or 2000, it could rise to 9000 or 10,000+ Life Points due to card effects. The reason for the zero at the end is because while there are four buttons on the disk, only 3 of them change the counter, the last one lights up the display. This also serves the problem that some cards can cause the Life Points in the ones place to be a number different than zero.
- The way the Duel Disk moves from stand-by to in use is also different. In the anime, the Graveyard is locked over the Deck and the two field parts are retracted into the main part of the disk. When triggered, the field parts and graveyard are unlocked and the central piece rotates the graveyard and field into play position. The toy does not have a rotating center and the two halves of the field aren't locked in closer to the central piece. When the player triggers the play mode, the smaller half of the field, in which is spring loaded, is released from its lock at the same time as the larger half, which has a weaker spring, and thus the smaller part pushes the larger part into play position.
Chaos Duel Disk
The Chaos Duel Disk is a Duel Disk designed for the members of the organization called Doma in the Waking the Dragons arc. Functionally, it is identical to the Battle City Duel Disks, other than the fact that the field area of the standard version can retract and expand as opposed to being split in half, while the Orichalcos Soldier version is built into their arm-mounted weapons.
It looks different to the Battle City disk in that it resembles a scythed blade. It is believed to be modeled after the scythes on the armor of the Orichalcos Soldiers.
Real-Life Duel Disk
Like the Duel Disk 2, replicas of the Chaos Duel Disk were produced only by Mattel in America. They were for use with the real TCG, however, the same flaws in the Battle City disk appeared in these ones.
These include not being able to use card protectors, a lack of an Extra Deck Zone and not being able to have more life points than 9999 even though a card effect such as "Solemn Wishes" can boost your Life Points beyond this.
Therefore, in order to calculate the user's Life Points if they exceed this the user must use some way to keep track such as a calculator. It also folds in differently; instead of the front tip folding into the center, the monster zone closest to the Field Card Zone is visible.
In the anime, the Chaos Duel Disk folded in on itself until the field was completely folded into the hinged 'spell trigger' part of the disk and then folded into the central part of the disk, creating a compact form. The toy is much the same, but cannot fold all the way as the anime disk can, but instead leaves the first 2 card spaces out.
The hinge on the toy is the whole of the first and second card spaces, which pushes to the back of the central part and though not as compact as the anime Chaos disk, it is still the most compact and light-weight of the toy Duel Disks.
In the spinoff manga Yu-Gi-Oh! R, the Duel Disk 2 is used, identical to the ones used in the series proper, with two notable exceptions.
- The Black Disk is a special one-of-the-kind Disk owned by Yako Tenma, and given to the strongest of his Card Professors, originally Richie Merced. Following Richie's defeat, Bandit Keith takes the Disk, as he has proven himself to be stronger than Richie. He uses it in his Duel with Jonouchi. When Keith attempted to slip a card from his wristband to the disk, it set off the cheat-prevention alarm, indicating that the disk would not accept any cards on the disk aside legitimate ones within the Duel, though this appears to be a feature of all the Duel Disks used in the arc as a whole, as indicated by the rules shown in the back of Volume Four (Keith had no knowledge of this due to the Disk being developed after his Penalty Game.). The disk was taken by Jonouchi upon Keith's defeat, and he gave it to Tilla Mook, as he had borrowed hers and left it with Keith.
- Maico Kato uses a Duel Disk that is stored in the side of her wheelchair. The card platform features the five card zones aligned beside each other in a straight line, with the Deck slot (identical to other Duel Disks) beside them, and the Graveyard chamber located above the card zone beside the Deck slot. Due to this, the front of the Disk is shaped to make room for all five Solid Vision projectors. She plays her cards as if she were sitting at a table.
Yu-Gi-Oh! Capsule Monsters
In Yu-Gi-Oh! Capsule Monsters, The Capsule Shooter is the Capsule Monsters version of the Duel Disk. The capsule is removed from the belt and slotted into the Capsule Shooter, then launched. 3 slots are shown for capsules, but as one of Alexander followers played four monsters, there could be more.
Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions
Unnamed Duel Disk
In the trailer and promo art for the upcoming movie Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions, Yugi and Kaiba can be seen wearing new Duel Disks. The new Duel Disks were developed by Kaiba Corporation and creates Solid Vision holograms from the user's imagination through a neural link l. In a magazine article (see photo), they appear similar in design to the Capsule Shooter and appear to operate like a hybrid of the KC Mass Production Disk and the D-Pad. (A picture has shown "Spirit" gauge and a DLS-DIMENSION GAUGE in addition to LP). In addition, the Duel Disk operates with a headset similar to a Duel Gazer, though rather than a lens, the device has been shown to project a holographic series of circles over the eye. Kaiba's Duel Disk also appears to be able to use a holographic Deck, materializing cards when he needs to draw them; though Yugi's Duel Disk uses normal physical cards.
Aigami also appears to use a Duel Disk that is composed of a series of cubes.
Academy Duel Disk
A streamlined version of the second Duel Disk. This is the standard Duel Disk issued to students of the various Duel Academies established by Seto Kaiba in the Yu-Gi-Oh! GX series. Aside from the obligatory alternate folding feature, and a cosmetic refit, this Disk functions identically to the second Duel Disk. The shift from standby to active mode of this version of the Duel Disk is much less pronounced than the Battle City variant, only requiring the top section of the card platform to extend.
Real-Life Duel Disk
As with the Duel Disk and Chaos Disk, Konami in Japan and Mattel in America made replicas of the Duel Academy Disk. They fixed one of the main problems of the Disks in resizing the card zones, along with Deck and Graveyard to fit cards with protective sleeves without problems. Although, it can only hold 40 cards with sleeves. Many of the other problems remained.
- No place for banished cards and the Extra Deck.
- Straps are one size only. This was a major problem for players who were bulky in the wrist region and used the Academy Disk in order to save space and not use a table or for fans who wished to use the disk as part of a cosplay outfit.
- The Life Point counter is still limited to 9990.
- Owners of the Academy Disk accounted that between different Academy Disk that there was a variance of 34 - 40 cards held within the Deck Zone.
Though the main flaw with the Duel Disk was addressed in the new Academy Disk, many of the major flaws still remained unaddressed. Though the Duel Disks are perceived as "toys", few use the Academy Disk in place of taking up space on a table. Along with the release of the Academy Disk, Mattel produced a specialized carrying pack for the new disks, though none have been actually seen used or in stores. Due to past sales of the Academy Disk and the limited popularity with the toy as a Dueling medium Mattel discontinued the production of the Academy Disk several months after its release.
Academy Duel Disk (version 2)
An updated version of the Academy Duel Disk which now has the color of the user's respective dorm on it. In season four, the Duelists are using these new Duel Disks.
Many characters who no longer attend Duel Academy (such as Aster Phoenix and Zane Truesdale) continue to use the silver style Academy Duel Disk. The change is cosmetic only and the Disks still retain the exact functionality of the original Academy Duel Disks.
In November 2007, a real-world version of the red-trimmed Slifer Red disk was also produced in Japan, known as Academy Duel Disk Osiris Red and came boxed with several Booster Packs and promotional cards.
Other versions of the Duel Disk appear in GX, and by the time the series takes place, it seems as if many Duelists have taken to individually customizing their disks.
|Duel Coat - A different version of the Duel Disk. It is used primarily by both Vellian Crowler and Jean-Louis Bonaparte. The latter's has a wheel attached to its underside to compensate for his short stature. Unlike many other Duel Disks, the card platform is completely separate from the Deck and Graveyard section.
In its standby position, the card platform is slung across the back and carried by a strap, leaving both arms free. When active, the card platform is held in front of the body, much like a guitar.
The Deck and Graveyard are contained in a hub on the support strap, usually resting in the center of the Duelist's chest. The Duel Coat also does not require the user to manually draw a card, the disk will automatically eject a card into the Duelist's hand during each Draw Phase.
|Titan's Duel Disk - Titan's Duel Disk is an altered version of the Duel Coat. It resmbles a bat wing and the holograms are projected from a device worn on Titan's shoulder.|
|Thelonious Viper's Disk - Thelonious Viper's Duel Disk is an altered version of the Duel Coat, like Titan's Duel Disk. It is a very heavy Duel Disk that works like a fold-out table. The armor on Viper's shoulders look snake-like in appearance. The Graveyard is actually found in a compartment on his coat.|
Academy-like Duel Disks
|Admiral's Duel Disk - Admiral's Disk is encrusted with jewels and other treasures of the sea.|
|Jewel Disk - The Gecko family's most valuable possession. Offered as a prize by Adrian Gecko in the "Duel for Jewels" tournament. Looks the same as the Admiral's, but golden in color.|
|Amnael's Duel Disk - This Duel Disk is used by the seventh and final of the Shadow Riders, Amnael. It is a black model of the Academy Duel Disk. It appears as an unlockable in Yu-Gi-Oh! GX Spirit Caller on which it is known as the Alchemy Disk.|
|Jim Crocodile Cook's Duel Disk - This disk resembles the KC mass production Duel Disk, but is shaped like a boomerang and features a handle extending off the main zone, which Jim uses to carry it. The edges are apparently very sharp, and it can be used as a blade.|
|Adrian Gecko's Duel Disk - Adrian's Duel Disk appears to be a slightly modified Academy Disk with a blue inside & gray outline. In standby mode, rather than having the back three slots visible, only the back two slots are visible. The third/middle slot is hidden under the other two, so when Adrian activates it, the back two slots extend out to reveal the middle one.|
Pseudo Academy-like Duel Disks
|Dark World Duel Disk - The same as the Academy Duel Disk, but with a sharper edge, and it looks like a combination of the Academy Duel Disk and the KC mass produced model. This is the Disk used by most inhabitants of the Dark World, including Freed. It is activated by pulling a switch.|
|Brron's Duel Disk - A black version of the Dark World Disk with a green trim.|
Personalized Duel Disks
|Gravekeeper's Chief's Duel Disk. - This disk is used by Gravekeeper's Chief and appears to actually be made out of stone.|
|Camula's Duel Disk - This Duel Disk is used by the second of the Shadow Riders, Camula. It is shaped like a bat wing.|
|Tania's Duel Disk - This Duel Disk is used by the third of the Shadow Riders, Tania. It resembles a large sword blade, with spikes around the Deck Zone. In several video games, it is referred to as the Amazoness Disk.|
|Kaibaman's Duel Disk - A Duel Disk resembling the wing of the "Blue-Eyes White Dragon".|
|Abidos' Duel Disk - This Duel Disk is used by the fifth of the Shadow Riders, Abidos the Third. It resembles a scarab beetle.|
|Axel and Mr. Brodie's Duel Disk - A Duel Disk shaped like a gun that can also shoot flaming cards. It also features a hidden camera, as seen in Axel's Duel with Trueman.|
|The Rock Spirit's Duel Disk - A Duel Disk used by Titan the Rock Spirit.|
|Masked Knight's Duel Disk - Used by the Three Masked Knights, these disks have blades that pop to show the Card Zones when activated. These Duel Disks appear similar to Yubel's first Duel Disk.|
|The Supreme King's Duel Disk - When the Disk is activated, 5 Monster Card Zones appear out of center of the Duel Disk and spin around it for approximately a second, before aligning themselves horizontally.|
|Yubel's second Duel Disk - A purple Duel Disk with three blades on it that work as a normal Duel Disk does and was used by Jesse Anderson while possessed by Yubel. It resembles the DiaDhank. In Duel Art, Kazuki Takahashi's design notes refer to this Duel Disk as the Rainbow Duel Disk.|
Organic Duel Disks
Several characters in Yu-Gi-Oh! GX have Duel Disks that seem to literally be part of their bodies, and are thus organic in nature.
|Yubel's first Duel Disk - A Duel Disk with a tray shaped like a bat wing and a graveyard like a sharp-toothed mouth. It is used by Marcel Bonaparte when he is possessed by Yubel and also by Yubel herself when she Duels on her own. When Yubel activates it, it grows from her arm.|
|Zure's Duel Disk - A Duel Disk that is part of Zure's body. Zure activates the Disk by pulling on a horn on his arm, revealing a flap of skin with five Monster Card Zones. When a Field Spell Card is placed in the Field Spell Card Zone, door-like hinges open up on the right side of the horn, where the card is placed inside.|
|Trueman's Duel Disk - Trueman's Duel Disk is merged with his suit, and is shaped like a dragon's wing. He can produce the Disk from his suit in a manner similar to some Duel Monster Spirits.|
|Nightshroud's Duel Disk - This Duel Disk is used by Nightshroud, when the entity reveals its true form. It is incorporated into Nightshroud's body, with each of his five wings holding a Monster Card Zone and a Spell & Trap Card Zone.|
Pseudo-Organic Duel Disks
|Alien of Light's Duel Disk - The Alien's Duel Disk seems to be perpetually active, as seen when he was wearing it while exiting its ship. Semicircular in shape, it's rounder than most others. As the Alien is from another dimension, it is unlikely that this device is a Duel Disk at all, but rather an instrument from The Light of Destruction's world that serves the same function.|
|Scarr's Duel Disk - Used by Scarr, this is a single-bladed disk that can also function as a weapon and he threatens a small boy with prior to Dueling Jaden Yuki.|
Duel Disks in New Domino City are sharper-looking than the previous types. Unlike previous Duel Disks, there is a chamber for the Extra Deck located on the opposite side of the spot where the Main Deck is inserted. In several episodes of the anime and in the opening intros, the Deck Zone is shown to be able to shuffle the Deck or eject cards that have been searched from the Deck while the cards are locked in.
Some Duel Disks are compatible with a type of motorcycle known as a Duel Runner. In these cases, the Wrist Dealer is able to attach the card zones to the Duel Runner and then detach itself so the Duelist only holds the Deck on his/her arm.
The Duel Disk seems to respond to the activation and summon of cards by glowing rainbow.
Yusei's Duel Disk
Yusei Fudo's Duel Disk is a modified version of the Battle City Duel Disk. When connected to his Duel Runner, it attaches just below the dashboard. When in use, it will fold together as it normally would. When inactive, the two parts of the blade separate and fold vertically on each side of the Duel Runner. Like most other hybrid Duel Disks, the Deck Zone is on his Wrist Dealer and not in the Duel Disk itself. Yusei also has a two-way microphone installed in his disk, as seen in episode 61. Unlike the regular Battle City Duel Disk, Yusei's appears to not fold away for ground mode when not in use, and always looks "active" whenever he pulls it out.
Real-Life Duel Disk
Konami released the first Duel Disk of the 5D's Era, starting with Duel Disk - Yusei Version. It was released in the OCG Market on September 26, 2009 for 4,000 Yen (Including Tax). It includes Yusei's Duel Disk and 2 Promotional Cards: "Vice Dragon" and "Shield Wing" (both will be Duel Terminal compatible). The Yusei Duel Disk can hold up to 50 sleeved cards in the Deck area, but only holds around 15-18 sleeved cards in the Graveyard. The Life Point Counter can go up to 99990 Life Points and can only display 0 in the single-digit column.
In November 2010, Konami released an update to this Duel Disk, the Duel Disk - Yusei Version 2010. This version addresses many of the issues present in the 2009 version and the Mattel versions. In addition to being the first Duel Disk with spaces for the Banished Zone and Extra Deck Zone, this is also the first Duel Disk to feature a bottom covering on the arm blade. Konami has removed the "flip action" feature present in the 2009 version, opting instead for a more realistic portrayal of the Duel Disk featured in the show - the clips that hold the cards on the blade are similar to those on the original Mattel disks. The Deck Zone can hold 50 sleeved cards, and the Graveyard can hold up to 30 sleeved cards.
Duel Disks show different colors and decorations, possibly in addition to compatibility with Duel Runners, depending on the tastes and tasks of the Duelist using the Disk.
There are also Customized Duel Disks existing in New Domino, as seen in the photos below.
Hybrid Duel Disks
|Jack Atlas' Duel Disk is a single-bladed version with a style reminiscent of the Battle City Duel Disk. It is usually attached to his Duel Runner, where it forms the left armrest. It is the only hybrid Duel Disk shown that doesn't feature a removable Deck Zone as the Deck slot is located on the inner corner of the blade rather than at his wrist.|
|Leo and Luna's Duel Disks are smaller blue/pink and white versions of the standard model with yellow gems. Yusei modified their old ones to fit their arms. It can be used in conjunction with the Duel Board.|
|Crow Hogan's Duel Disk is a customized Duel Disk resembling the Chaos Duel Disk. It also resembles Richie's Duel Disk from Yu-Gi-Oh! R. When connected to his Duel Runner, it is attached just below the dashboard. When inactive, the card zones fold in a semicircle around the center area. Like most other hybrid Duel Disks, the Deck Zone is on his Wrist Dealer and not in the Duel Disk itself. It's Life Point counter has the unique feature of doubling as a GPS. The Deck slot has a beak-like spike on top of it.|
|Sherry LeBlanc's Duel Disk is similar in design to Crow Hogan's only with inverted colors and the board being straight with circular edges. When attached to her Duel Runner, Duel Disk's base is attached below the dash board with the blade swirving around to face the long neck of the Duel Runner and connect to it vertically. When inactive in ground mode, it folds into three corners around the Duel Disk's base. The Field Spell Card zone has an attachment that functions like a police tazer after it pops out.|
|Akiza Izinski's new Duel Disk is purple with a dark red trim. Similar to Yusei's, when her disk is attached to her Duel Runner, it is positioned just below the dashboard. When not in use, the blade folds over the Duel Disk's base with the the outer four slots connected to the Duel Runner's steerer. While inactive for ground mode, the disk will connect to her Wrist Dealer and the blade will still slide over the Duel Disks blade, but the addition of the outer four slots contracting into the disk's base.|
|Elsworth's Duel Disk, like other hybrid models, has a separate Wrist Dealer that connects to the actual Duel Disk when for ground Duels. It is black with an oblong base with the card zone base shaped like a katana blade. Like Jack Atlas's Duel Disk, it holds all five card slots on one blade. Similar to the Chaos Duel Disk, when not in use the blade folds into each slot until completely folded into the hing which then slides into the Duel Disk base, creating a compact form. In episode 110, it is shown that it contains a parachute (it also was shown in that episode that he can use the blade as a weapon if necessary).|
Standard Duel Disks
|The standard New Domino City Duel Disk. It bears the same colors as the original model and it is the most used color by Duelists in the anime. No Duel Disks of this type have been shown to combine with Duel Runners.|
|Lenny's Duel Disk is a light and dark gray version of the standard model with with navy gems.|
|Akiza Izinski's old Duel Disk is a red version of the standard model with purple gems.|
|Mr. Armstrong's Duel Disk is a black and dark gray version of the standard model with amber gems. This version is also used by Dragan during his ground Duel against Jack. In some video games, guards in the jails also used this disk. This disk was obtainable in-game and was called the 'Jail Disk', suggesting that it may be a Sector Security-issue model.|
|Professor Frank's Duel Disk is a green version of the standard model with yellow gems.|
|Greiger's Duel Disk is a tan and black version of the standard model with green gems.|
|Commander Koda's Duel Disk is a blue gray version of the standard model with teal gems.|
|Lazar's Duel Disk is a gold colored version of the standard model with orange gems. It was briefly abandoned by Lazar during the Black fog incident, but makes a reappearance later in season two.|
|Leo's Old Duel Disk is a blue and white version of the standard model with yellow gems.|
|Sayer's Duel Disk is a goldish version of the standard model with red gems. Sayer loses this Duel Disk after his second Duel with Carly and instead uses a Sector Security Duel Disk.|
|Carly Carmine's Duel Disk is a silverish version of the standard model with blue gems that was loaned to her. This Duel Disk was lost when Carly was killed and turned into a Dark Signer. It is also used by Halldor in Tag Force 6.|
|Sector Security Duel Disk is a metallic blue and white version of the standard model with green gems. It is used primarily by members of Sector Security, a prime example being Trudge. It is also used by Sayer when he pretends to be a member from Sector Security.|
|Dexter's Duel Disk is a dark teal version of the standard model with cerulean gems. It's been shown in Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's World Championship 2010: Reverse of Arcadia.|
|Heitmann's Duel Disk is green with yellow gems, much like Professor Frank's, the main exception is that his is more of a lime-green color.|
|Syd's Duel Disk is a black and dark-grey version of the standard model with purple gems.|
|Bruno's Duel Disk in his normal persona, as shown in Tag Force 6, is a gold right-handed version of the standard model with green gems.|
|The members of Team Unicorn, as shown in Tag Force 6, use dark blue and white version of the standard model with orange gems.|
|Don Piero's Duel Disk is a gold and silver version of the standard model with ruby red gems.|
Other Duel Disks
|Gill Randsborg's Duel Disk is the shield of his knight armor.|
|The third Duel Academy student's Duel Disk is predominately yellow. This model is presumably used by all the students at the New Domino City Duel Academy. It appears similar to "Power Tool Dragon's" head.|
|The Dark Signers' Duel Disks are almost completely black, and are decorated to look like the head of a dragon. The Deck is placed in the mouth of the dragon head. These disks are used by the Dark Signers Carly Carmine, Misty Tredwell, Devack, and Roman Goodwin. Roman's Duel Disk is modified to attach to his mechanical arm instead of going around his wrist.|
|Rex Goodwin's first Duel Disk is his mechanical left arm. It is later torn off and replaced with Roman's severed arm.|
|Later, Rex Goodwin Duels without a disk, but utilizes an altar on top of the Stairway to the Dragon Star instead. It is used by Rex in his 3-on-1 Turbo Duel against Yusei, Jack, and Crow. It looks like a Inca-style Dueling arena. It is also the third ancient Duel Disk (the first being the DiaDhank, the second being the one used by the Orichalcos Soldiers) shown in the anime.|
|The Skeleton Knight's Duel Disk contains an extra slot to hold his hand, while he holds the reins of his horse.|
|The Duel Disks used in Crash Town are shaped like guns. The Duelist who pulls first, puts their Duel Disk on their arm, and then draws their opening hand the fastest gets the first turn. They are slightly similar to Axel Brodie's Duel Disk. In English version, these Duel Disks are remodeled to look less violent. Instead of arrows in the Monster Card Zones, there are bullet-shaped symbols.|
Future Duel Disks
In Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's - Episode 134, Yusei and the others were given a vision of the future, showing how New Domino City would develop and how technology would evolve. In that vision new Duel Disks were shown that no longer rely on metallic frames, but teal energy beams that that cards rest on. This technology is used in the Duel Disks wielded by the Three Pure Nobles, as they are from the future.
Yliaster Duel Disks
|Lester's Duel Disk was the first example of a futuristic Duel Disk seen in the anime. The Deck, Graveyard, and Field Spell Zones are a part of the central body with the Spell, Trap and Monster Card zones are played on the teal energy beams between the six gold cylinders. When not in use, it goes on Lester's back instead of around his wrist.|
|Primo's sword transforms itself into a sort of Duel Disk. However this only occurs when he merges with Terrible Omen. When this occurs, the hilt lowers itself from the blade and then the hilt itself divides into 2. In Tag Force 5 Primo uses his sword Duel Disk on ground Duels. However when this happens the hilt is removed from the blade and floats beside the Deck like Lester's.|
|Jakob's Duel Disk opens from the compartment hidden in his chest and resembles closely to Thelonious Viper's Duel Coat. Like Lester and Primo’s Duel Disks, the field is formed by teal energy beams. In BELIEVE IN NEXUS Jakob's Duel Disk is wider.|
|Aporia's Duel Disk is similar to Lester's, inherited after Lester, Primo, and Jakob combined to form him. When combined with his Duel Runner, the six gold cylinders form wing-like appendages on his back.|
|Bruno's Duel Disk, while in his Vizor persona, is shown in the trailer for Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's Tag Force 5. It has a metallic-purple main base with a teal gem; but its tray resembles a stealth bomber. Since the Monster Card Zones are designed the same way as those on his Duel Runner; it may be a hybrid model In Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's World Championship 2011: Over the Nexus, this disk is referred to as The Missing Ring.|
|Z-one's hoverchair manifests two oversized arms and a proportionate Deck for Duels. The holograms simply appear out of the cards when he plays them. It is used for both Ground and Turbo Duels.|
Yu-Gi-Oh! 3D: Bonds Beyond Time
Paradox's Duel Disk
|Paradox wields a bladed, hybrid disk in his right hand, one of the few characters to do so.|
The Duel Disks used in ZEXAL are wrist-mounted devices called D-Pads. It is a much smaller version with major design differences, the most notable is its multifunction capabilities, overall design, and lack of holographic projection. Because of this, the device must be linked to the Duel Gazer system for visual effects.
In Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, the Duel Disks that are used are similar to a combination of the D-Pad and the Duel Disks seen in the alternate future in Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's. The main body of the Disk retains the touch screen and single Spell and Trap Card Zone (which is also where the Field Zone is located) seen in D-Pads, while the Monster Card Zones and Pendulum Zones are located on the arm blade, which, like the 5D's future Disks, is composed of energy (likely the same "touchable Solid Vision" used in Action Duels) and is aligned parallel to the main body of the Disk.
The blade can be customized to be a variety of shapes; a shape similar to the KaibaCorp Duel Disk, a similar shape with an equilateral triangular end rather than the normal shape seen, a parallelogram, a shape resembling the layout of a D-Pad's card zone, a curved arc, a sword-shape, a unique dual-boomerang shape, a shape similar to the Kaiba Corp Duel Disk but with symmetrical points, and a crescent moon shape.
Duel Disks respond by briefly lighting up a rainbow-colored circuitry pattern on the blade when cards are placed on the Monster Zones or Pendulum Zones. The word "PENDULUM" will appear on the blade when both of the Duelist's Pendulum Zones are occupied. Regardless of the card zone, the Duel Disks will eject removed cards and they retain the auto-shuffle and the auto-ejection features that debuted in 5D's rather than having a Duelist manually remove their Deck and searching through it; instead Duelists can forfeit or end a Duel inconclusively by removing their Deck. However instead of shuffling the Deck and ejecting the searched cards from the top, the cards are simply ejected from the Duel Disk after being manually selected on the touchscreen.
When it is used in conjunction with the ARC System the holograms gain mass and appear to become self-aware, able to perform actions such as catching people and grabbing action cards without command. However this is limited, as Crow Hogan's "Assault Blackwing - Raikiri the Rain Shower" did not react to the presence of Tanner clinging onto its back. If the system is damaged, then the holograms will disappear. They are also able to generate normal holograms under their own power for normal Duels.
In addition players can use the touch screen to check the contents of their Extra Deck, Graveyard and opponent's field. In comparison with the Battle City Duel Disk, this Duel Disk is notably much lighter in weight, due to the streamlined body and virtually weightless Monster Card Zone. This enables Duelists to run and jump without difficulties during Action Duels.
These Duel Disks are also multipurpose tools with internet and communication functions, similar to tablets in real life as well as D-Pad in ZEXAL series. These functions as well as Duel Mode come in the form of apps. The hologram screens used to make video calls are also used to communicate with opponents from far across a Duel Field.
The Disks belonging to members of the Lancers have been modified to allow interdimensional travel (using Xyz Dimension technology as a reference) and initiate Action Duels without the need of a ARC System.
The Standard Dimension disk is a rectangular model with angular blade. The Deck Zone, unlike other Duel Disks, is placed diagonally pointing towards the thumb rather then parallel to the sides of the disk, while the Extra Deck is placed in a similar direction towards the body on the back, and both zones are stored within the Duel Disk while it is deactivated. The Graveyard is behind the blade, facing away from the Duelist as it was in previous Duel Disks, while the Spell/Trap Zone is located on the opposite side of the disk.
|Yuya Sakaki: Red body and yellow blade.|
|Gong Strong: Grey body and orange blade.|
|Yusho Sakaki: Purple body and yellow blade.|
|The Sledgehammer/Grizzlepike Jones: Black body and violet blade.|
|Zuzu Boyle: Pink body and blade. Lost in the Synchro Dimension after her Duel against Sergey Volkov. Replaced by Sora Perse's Standard Dimension Disk.|
|Sylvio Sawatari: Forest green body and lime blade. Damaged by Crow's "Assault Blackwing - Raikiri the Rain Shower" and no longer functional.|
|Sora Perse/Zuzu Boyle: Yellow body and blue blade. Replaced by his Duel Academy Disk before his reappearance in the Standard Dimension. Sora later gave this Duel Disk to Zuzu to help her defend herself against Sector Security.|
|Skip Boyle: Red body and light green blade.|
|Dipper O'rion: Purple body and blue blade.|
|Julia Krystal/Tate: Blue body and orange blade.|
|Kit Blade: Orange body and green blade.|
|Declan Akaba: White body and parallelogram red blade.|
|Reed Pepper: White body and greenish-yellow blade.|
|Herk: Yellow, Parallellogram blade.|
|Pierre L'Supérieure: A shorter model with light yellow-green body and light green blade.|
|Aura Sentia: Light blue body and purple blade.|
|Frederick: Green body and yellow blade.|
|Trevor: Red body and blue blade.|
|Allie: Light blue body and pink blade.|
|Riley Akaba: White body and light lime green blade.|
|Trick Tagart: Maroon body and blue blade.|
|Iggy Arlo: Dark yellow body and violet blade.|
|Micky Starlett: Darker pink body and blue blade.|
|Olga: Grayish green body and lighter blue blade.|
|Halil: Maroon body and green blade.|
|Dennis Macfield: Dark blue body and red blade. Replaced by his Duel Academy Disk.|
|Taka: Dark green body and orange blade.|
|Trout: Dark grey body and yellow blade.|
|Moon Shadow: A left-handed model with grey body and violet blade.|
|Sun Shadow: Grey body and purple blade.|
|Yoko Sakaki: White body and red blade.|
The dimension's normal model has a white, irregular body and a blade that resembles the shape of a D-Pad's card zones viewed from above. Some can have colored trims at the circular edge facing the user.
|Kite Tenjo (Past): White body and blue blade.|
|Lulu Obsidian (Past): White body, pink trim and blue blade.|
|Sayaka Sasayama (Past): White body, orange trim and greenish-yellow Blade.|
|Shay Obsidian (Past): Purple Body.|
|Yusho Sakaki (Past): White body and yellow blade.|
The Resistance Model has a similar but different body, a different Deck slot, a round touch screen with a purple body, and the same blade shape as most Standard Disks. Both the Spell & Trap Zone and the Graveyard are located in the back of the rectangular section of the Disk, with the Spell/Trap on the upper one and the Graveyard on the lower one. Some of them are equipped with the ability to turn people into cards and they all appear to have the ability to use the ARC System outside of an Action Duel. It is still unclear where the Extra Deck is kept. The disk's touchscreen's may pop up and be used as a radar, as seen with Shay's Disk. The disk requires minimal booting time before being ready to Duel.
|Yuto/Yusho Sakaki: Purple blade.|
|Shay Obsidian/Lulu Obsidian: Blue blade. After Shay joined the Lancers, Declan disabled his disk's Human Sealing Technology function.|
|Kite Tenjo: Crystal shaped white body with crescent moon shaped blue blade that points away from the Duelist. The Deck Zone is on the side of the wrist facing away from the Duelist, rather than on the top. Its overall design is reminiscent of the D-Pad his ZEXAL counterpart used. The Extra Deck is in the same spot as Standard Model disk. The Graveyard is accessed via the opposite face of the section that contains the Extra Deck.|
|Sayaka Sasayama: Greenish-yellow blade.|
|Allen Kozuki: Orange blade.|
|Yusho Sakaki: Yellow Blade.|
The Synchro Dimension's basic Duel Disk has a circular body with four laterally-placed slots (the bottom-right one being the Graveyard and the upper-left one the Extra Deck), a curved blade, and a small hourglass-shaped touchscreen. However, unlike other Dimensions, this one also has a number of alternative models. Many of them can be attached to a Duel Runner (for Turbo Duels) and to a Wrist Dealer-like accessory carrying the Deck Zone (for normal Duels), similar to the hybrid models seen in 5D's.
|Jack Atlas: An alternative model with white triangular body and darker blue angular blade. The screen is bigger, and the Deck Slot is located in the inner side of the device similar to how his 5D's version did, as he holds his Duel Disk in his armrest rather than in front of him.|
|Sector Security/Arrest Corps: Blue body and green blade. The model has two screens, one round touchscreen for selecting apps and one semicircular-shaped screen for general duel information. In addition to the apps that normal Duel Disks have, there are apps to call fellow Sector Security officers for help and materialize handcuffs for restraining criminals. The Extra Deck is kept away from the body on the left side.|
|Crow Hogan: A differently styled model with grey body and orange blade, and the screen being slightly larger in the Extra Deck side. It is unclear where he places his Spell & Traps with this version. The Extra Deck access slot appears to be above his Main Deck slot.|
|Sergey Volkov: Gold Trim, blue body and red blade with elongated upper tips. This Duel Disk is produced from Sergey's cybernetic left arm.|
The Facility stores a model that has slightly oblate body, round touchscreen, and an angular blade with pointy ends. They seems to be used for prisoners who can bribe the guards in order to be allowed to Duel, but have also been seen on the streets of the City.
|Chojiro Tokumatsu: Green body, grey trim and orange blade.|
|Yuya Sakaki (borrowed): Green body, grey trim and yellow blade.|
|Underground Labor Facility Guards: Blue body, gold trim and Green Blade|
|Shinji Weber: Blue Body, grey trim and Orange Blade|
|Lucas Swank: Gold body encrusted with jewels and orange blade.|
|Damon Lopez: Grey body, red trim and light green blade|
|Tony Simmons: Black body, orange trim and light green blade|
The Duel Runner's Disk has a hourglass-like touchscreen. The Spell/Trap Zone is located at the bottom left slot, and Field Spells can also be activated here, the Graveyard at the bottom right slot, and the Extra Deck in the upper left slot. The disk can also be detached and used in a Standing Duel. All of these disks have a blue body. The Spell/Trap and Graveyard slots are always open, but the Extra Deck and the upper right slot (possibly for banished cards) are kept closed until an action occurs that requires the slot to open, and it will thus eject the necessary card.
|Yugo: Double, angular and symmetrical green blade. The use of the inner blade is unknown.|
|Yuya Sakaki: Yellow blade.|
|Gong Strong / Shinji Weber / Chojiro Tokumatsu: Orange blade.|
|Moon Shadow: Violet blade.|
|Zuzu Boyle: Pink blade.|
|Tony Simmons: Light green blade.|
|Sylvio Sawatari: Lime green blade.|
|Shay Obsidian / Celina: Blue blade.|
|Dennis Macfield: Red blade.|
|Sergey Volkov: Symmetrical, indented Red blade on the outside. The disk's touchscreen is larger than normal, and is lost after he merges with his Duel Runner.|
|Sergey Volkov: After merging with his Duel Runner, the body is lost. His indented slot above his blade now acts as his body, with the Graveyard slot placed horizontally and the Spell/Trap zone vertically under the Graveyard. The blade is retained from the original model.|
There are two known models of Duel Disks that are used in the Fusion Dimension; the model used by Duel Academy students and the model used by students of the Fusion Dimension's You Show Duel School. Both models have sword shaped energy blades, although they differ between models, and both appear to have the ability to materialize Real Solid Vision independently of an ARC System.
The Duel Academy model has a shield-like body and a sword-shaped blade. The touch screen is contained under a hemispherical display, similar to the LP display the on the Academia Disk model from GX. This Duel Disk contains numerous functions unrelated to Dueling, like Human Sealing, Interdimensional Travel Technology, and a "Hacking Mode". The Extra Deck is on the left side of the Disk, away from the body, and opens up parallel to the Disk's opposite side. The Graveyard slot is on the back of the Disk, opposite the Deck Zone. A slot on the side of the wrist ejects cards containing defeated opponents, and a possible Spell/Trap Zone. The normal screen border color of the Disk is gray.
|Celina: Pink-trimmed maroon body and blue blade.|
|Barrett: Light forest green-trimmmed dark green body and orange blade.|
|Obelisk Force: White-trimmed blue body and red blade.|
|Sora Perse: Yellow-trimmed blue body and blue blade.|
|Yuri: Black-trimmed purple body and violet blade.|
|Jean-Michel Roger: Green-trimmed violet body and blade.|
|Duel Academy Duelists: White-trimmed indigo body and violet blade.|
|Juvenile Officer: White-trimmed purple body and violet blade.|
|Aster Phoenix: Dark blue-trimmed white body and blue blade with a gold screen border. This disk can initiate a Duel with "Wire Mesh - Chain Deathmatch" and connect the wielder to an opponent in manner similar to a Duel Anchor.|
|Gloria Tyler: Indigo-trimmed red body and violet blade.|
|Grace Tyler: Indigo-trimmed violet body and violet blade.|
|Dennis Macfield: Dark blue-trimmed white body and red blade.|
|Iggy Arlo: Black-trimmed dark yellow body and violet blade.|
|Captain Solo: Orange-trimmed yellow body and red blade.|
|Diana: Light blue-trimmed blue body and light green blade.|
|Apollo: Orange-trimmed magenta body and yellow blade.|
|Rin: Green-trimmed white body and violet blade.|
|Battle Beast: Red-trimmed green body and red blade.|
|Lulu Obsidian: Dark blue-trimmed white body and violet blade.|
|Sanders: Black-trimmed red body and light green blade.|
|Alexis Rhodes (Past): Dark blue-trimmed white body and light blue blade.|
The You Show Duel School's Disks' overall design is similarly reminiscent of the Academia Disk in Yu-Gi-Oh! GX. The difference is the colored borders covering the left and right sides, with the Graveyard slot aligned at the front border, while the Spell/Trap Zone is on the side facing the Duelist. The blade's leftmost end resembles that of that Duel Academy Disk from GX, but the right part still resembles ARC-V's Duel Academy hilt shape.
|Alexis Rhodes: Dark blue body and light blue blade|
|Unknown You Show Duel School student: Orange body and blade|
|Yusho Sakaki: Purple body and yellow blade|